Friday, February 10, 2017

Daily Mumbles 02/10

So today one of my kids told me that I'm a hot mess, just look in a mirror.. That child was being wise but TBH not far off. I'm still working on doing my laundry for the first time in about a month.. I'm eating two dinners tonight because I'm counting one as my extraordinarily late lunch, I spend too much money on coffee, I need to get my nails redone because they've officially grown into talons (I don't even want to talk about my toes..) and so on and so forth.  This. Is. Real. Life. I work, I come home, I sleep, I wake up and repeat. I've recently be working on adding in workouts back into my schedule; I'm doing more than nothing but need to start planning things and sticking to my plan. I miss living with my friends, having the weekends off, and school vacations/snow days because regardless of if the city shuts down, I have to go to work. Don't let all of the negativity fool you, I really do love my job and feel so lucky to be in the place that I am in right now.

Why did I always want to grow up?

xox Sarah

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nailed It

I was so excited to try SNS dipping powders and overall I had a really great experience my first time using them.  I wrote a blog post the day I got my nails done so if you want to know all the details about the application you can check out my other post

There is a strange feeling with this polish that if you caught an edge of it, it would take your nail off. IT DOES NOT ACTUALLY DO THAT but it does feel that secure to your nail.  I noticed this feeling originally when I was washing my hair but I did get used to it.  Your nails also feel EXTREMELY strong. This stuff actually feels like armor for your nails; it's pretty cool. 

When I was getting my nails done, I was told that they would be "bump" proof - if something hits them from the top, it won't leave a mark.  I can totally understand that from how solid the polish ended up being.  However, if you are doing a lot of lifting or pulling, the polish can be lifted or broken off of the nail.  A couple days after I got my manicure, I had to help get a boat ready to be taken out of the water for winter.  Other than one tiny (and I mean tiny) chip at the top of my ring finger nail, they handled the long day of work very well.  That chip stayed there for about a week and one night, I noticed the chip had extended down to the side of my nail.  When the piece of polish lifted off, the edge left was pretty sharp unlike when gel polish chips and it feels like normal polish.

My manicure did not last me the two weeks it was supposed to but it lasted pretty close.  When I got towards the end of the two weeks, I had several more chipped nails. I was undecided when I got to the salon if I was going to get SNS again or get a gel manicure.  I ended up getting gel because the nail tech was not trained to do an SNS manicure.  The removal of the SNS manicure was amazing! I wanted to get another one just because the removal was so easy and seemed so much better for your nails than removing gel polish.  The beginning is similar - the polish is filed and you get your acetone witch fingers for about 10 minutes.  Instead of scraping, when they slide the cotton ball off of your finger the polish slides off in one piece with it.  No harsh scrapping, no weird uneven layers, I was shocked. 

I know this post is getting long but I want to throw in just a few final thoughts: 

1. A lot of the color options have some sort of sparkle or outright glitter which I am not always a huge fan of.  I had actually thought that the color I chose didn't have any sparkle and was a little surprised by all the gold flecks staring back at me as you can see in the picture above.

2. This sh*t is strong. If you tap on your nails it sounds similar to tapping on a keyboard which I didn't have a problem with until my polish chipped. The chips were rough to the touch and catch on hair etc.  BUT my nails did not break that entire two weeks. 

3. The removal was amazing and seems so much better for your nails.  The dipping powders are also infused with vitamins that are supposed to be beneficial for your nails.  There is no UV lights used so the whole manicure seems less harmful.

4. If you work with your hands a lot or your hands are constantly in water, this manicure may not be for you.  Apparently the more your hands are submerged, the more likely the polish is to breakdown so gel polish would be a better alternative - a fun fact I learned the day I was getting the SNS removed. 

5. It does cost more than a gel manicure.  I recently got my gel polish removed after over two weeks and it was in almost perfect condition still.  I wish the SNS had stayed at least the two weeks seeing as it was about $10 more.

Would I get an SNS manicure again? Yes.  It looks beautiful and even though there are some cons, as there is with everything in life, a lot of the pros are pretty amazing.

Let me know if you want more posts like this below!

xox Sarah

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Skin Freakout Update!

So not so long ago, aka my last post, I was sharing how my skin has been having a MAJOR freakout recently.  I think I've managed to figure out part of the issue - a new foundation I was trying. So my oily combo skin is still happening but most of my weird breakouts were clearing up; actually my skin was starting to look really good again. I had two very stubborn breakouts still but they were improving dramatically. Originally I thought the breakouts were caused by hormones but as I got closer to having my period, the breakouts improved which most girls who deal with this issue would know is rare.. The other day I was running out of the house and grabbed a random foundation, the new one I had been trying but stopped wearing for about a week. THE FREAKOUT IS BACK. 1 day and my skin is just not having it. Now, I can't be absolutely positive but this is the only part of my routine that has changed.

I was in Target not too long ago (buying way more things than I intended to) and saw this gem while strolling through all of the makeup isles.  Right now I am in between foundation colors and thought I would take advantage of that and try something new.

I was so excited skin clearing makeup from neutrogena because that sounds amazing - a foundation that can clear up acne at the same time? Yes please! Unfortunately I think instead of clearing my skin, it was causing my breakouts. Besides the breakouts, it is a very sheer coverage but I did like the amount of coverage it provided when I was just running out of the house for errands. Would I have worn it if I was going out and knew there was going to be a lot of pictures taken? Probably not but it did even out my coloring so I could throw concealer over blemishes and it didn't look crazy.  I am wondering, has anyone else experienced an increase in breakouts when trying this product? Let me know below!

xox Sarah

Friday, September 23, 2016

Skin Question - Major Skin WTF!?

Has anyone else ever experienced DRAMATIC changes in your skin?? In middle school, my skin definitely qualified as oily.  In high school and the beginning of college it was more combination oily.  My skin then transitioned to DRY - the painful scaly kind of dry.  It then went to combination dry which was not as bad as my face feeling like it was cracking off.  As of a couple of weeks ago, my skin has decided to return to oily combo/just strait up oil.  My nose is so oily powder does not contain it.. A problem I have not had since middle/high school.  I am also braking out more in the past two weeks than I probably have in the past 5 years.  I understand that everyone's skin goes through changes but has anyone else noticed this happening to them? Leave a comment below if you have or if you have any tips for my returned oil problem seeing as I am a bit out of practice.


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Dip This

So a while back, I saw a post on instagram by a blogger who's nails looked AMAZING.  She apparently had gotten a ton of questions about her nail color which was a Nexgen dipping powder.  Now, I had never heard about this before but I wanted it.  I had known about gel polish before it was a big there where I am from, back then I had to hunt to find a salon that would do a gel manicure.  Now I was hunting to find a salon that used dipping powders.  By a stroke of luck and my normal nail salon having no openings for an appointment, I happened into another nail salon in my town where the girl next to me was having dipping powder put on her nails.  Now this salon does not use Nexgen but I made a mental note that my next manicure was going to be an SNS manicure (which I understand to be a similar concept).  TODAY WAS THE DAY PEOPLE.  I booked myself an impromptu manicure.  

I was looking at the colors and noticed that many of them contain some sort of sparkle or glitter - there are not many flat dark colors.  I was originally going to get a light color but changed my mind when I saw a beautiful color that reminded me of Mac's Satin Taupe eyeshadow (one of my all-time favorites!). 
I also treated myself to the new chile mocha at Starbucks which was delicious but will light a fire in the back of your throat.

I was trying to get away from the sparkle and hadn't noticed the gold reflects on this swatch but I have to say that I love the color regardless.  The process overall was intriguing and I really liked that there is no UV light used; as you can see I have very fair skin and I do worry about the lights a bit. It was cool to see the nail dipped into a powder and then transform into a polish.  I was shocked when my nails were buffed since I did not believe they could have been dry so quickly but they were! 

I will have to do an update post on how long the nails last and what the removal process is like.  So far, so good.  I do wish that my salon had a larger range of colors, with much less sparkle. Overall, I am really impressed with the process using SNS dipping powders.  

Have you used dipping powders before and if not, would you? How do you think they hold up compared to gel manicures? 

xox Sarah

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Read & Read

Why post about two books from the same series that I read in two days in two different posts?  I can write about and review them together and have no fear, I will make spoiler alerts!! (Mainly, do not read a good portion of the second book's review if you have not finished the first one!)


Today we are talking about Jamie Beck's St. James novels.  Need a quick, quirky, romantic read? This series is it.  I devoured the books.  They are easy to get through and as the book progresses you learn more and more about the characters back stories.  These books are a "can't put it down even after I finish this chapter because I'VE BEEN LEFT HANGING AGAIN" kind of books so if you don't have time for that, I would suggest waiting until you can read the book in essentially a sitting.  

First, Worth the Wait

My friend did tell me not to start this book if I did not have time to finish it because I would be addicted. I downloaded it anyway and quickly found out she was right.  I finished this book in less than a day.

I am a sap for a good love story. The premise that the main character spent her childhood pining over her best friend's older brother now on vacation with the family; yes, just yes. You guys know that I love my books where you get both points of view - something I wish was possible in every situation in real life but alas.  We get the points of view of Vivi and David.  I don't want to say too much but if you are looking for a book to fly through when you have time this summer by the beach or the pool, definitely read Worth the Wait.

Next, Worth the Trouble

Thank goodness that when I finished the first one, there was only one week until the second book was released.  This time, the focus of the book is Vivi's best friend, Cat St. James.  The characters were established in the first book so this is a series that you really do need to read in order to understand what is going on.  Cat's tumultuous love life makes this book a page turner.  I also happened to find Cat very funny in both books; she has an entertaining personality.  This hard to read strong female lead is perfect.  I loved that Cat's diary entries were in the book, slowly fracturing the facade she portrays.  I don't want to say more because I do not want to spoil anything.  Again, I read this book in a day but unlike last time, I've been waiting a while for the next book.

Have you read either of these books or do you plan on checking them out?  If so, leave a comment below!! Also let me know what books you will be reading this summer!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

What Has Been Going On

I'm so excited and happy but at the same time, I miss my independence and my friends a lot.  This past semester was hectic but wicked fun and I could not have ended my college career on a better note!

The transition from student to "real person" I probably could have used more advice on.  I am currently job hunting, which I hate.  Last summer I hated job hunting and I am holding firm on my position now; it causes a lot of stress and makes me feel incapable.  I am also currently studying because I have my boards coming up to receive my license... I succeeded in having my first breakdown yesterday and it was exhausting.  I am taking the exam way sooner than I believed that I would and it is causing me a lot of stress.  I am someone who gets stress headaches so I really try to not stress much in life but this week is not one of those times. 

I do have a job for the summer which is progress from last year!  The job starts in two weeks and I am extremely excited!!! 

I tried out a bunch of new products this year and have a few ideas for posts coming up - brows have been my thing this year and there will be a post specifically on that! A lot of the products I'll be talking about, I've had long enough to use up so the reviews will be my thoughts start to finish. 

I read a bunch of books recently and will post about as many as I can! I am going to throw up a disclaimer right now that these posts will not be up this week since I am going into an intensive studying mode.  

This was my small study break today but I promise there will be much more to come!